'PENDULE AUX QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE': A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY MANTEL CLOCK
'PENDULE AUX QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE': A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY MANTEL CLOCK
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'PENDULE AUX QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE': A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY MANTEL CLOCK

BY HENRI VIAN, AFTER A MODEL BY GILLES-MARIE OPPENORD AND ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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'PENDULE AUX QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE': A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY MANTEL CLOCK
BY HENRI VIAN, AFTER A MODEL BY GILLES-MARIE OPPENORD AND ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, PARIS, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Surmounted by a winged putto, above a serpentine trellis-decorated case centered by an oval dial, flanked by male terms emblematic of the Four Continents, on scrolled acanthus-cast supports and raised on a shaped plinth with paw-cast feet, the reverse of the mounts variously stamped HV 630, the clockworks signed Julien Leroy
35 in. (89 cm.) high, 21¼ in. (54 cm.) wide, 10 in. (25.5 cm.) deep
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Lot Essay

The Parisian bronzier and fondeur, Henri Vian, is recorded as having specialized in the production of gilt-bronzes in the 18th century style. The firm's output was concerned principally with the production of lighting fixtures, thus making this mantel clock inspired by Oppenord's design somewhat unusual. Furthermore, few of Vian's contemporaries were known to produce the celebrated model and its companion pedestal, however examples by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener were sold Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 31 May 1988, lot 237 and Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 December 1990, lot 111, respectively.

An example of the present model and pedestal is illustrated in situ in the firm's Parisian exhibition salon located at the Hôtel Salé (see J. Babelon, 'La maison du bourgeois gentilhomme: l'Hôtel Salé, 5, rue de Thorigny, à Paris', Revue de l'Art, 1985, No. 68, p. 34). Upon Vian's death in 1905, the business was continued by his wife and son until 1944, when the city of Paris took over the premises for the l'Ecole des Métiers d'Art.

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